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Friday, August 1, 2008

Sekinchan's Seafood Goodness

The town of Sekinchan, Selangor. No, not SHINchan, the lecherous/amorous boy, prone to stripping off his pants to unleash the exhibitionism soul in him, and took voyeurism to a new height (for the underaged, that is). But rather, a small town famous for its paddy fields (not unlike Kedah), situated in Sabak Bernam district of Selangor. Rice is no doubt, THE staple food of Malaysians, even Asians.
Paddy fields abound in Sekinchan, one of the major rice producing area in Malaysia

Scenic, peaceful landscape, as opposed to the hustle and bustle of KL city, some distance away

From Teluk Intan in Perak (still within MY jurisdiction, which explains the nature and scope of my work, ie; confined to Perak state only), Sekinchan is around an hour or so from Teluk Intan, using the trunk road passing by Hutan Melintang (still in Perak), and leading forward to Kuala Selangor, before reaching Klang. Of course, you save on tolls, BUT the less-than-ideal condition of the roads, and the intimidating number of trucks and lorries frequenting this route may evoke second thoughts.

Restoran Chai Lee @ Bagan Sekinchan

Departing from Teluk Intan, we were deprived of our lunch, and initial plan of devouring seafood in Kuala Selangor came to a screeching halt. THUNDERING roar of hunger pangs took over, and
the next best thing was to stop by Sekinchan, also popular for seafood, albeit pale in comparison to Kuala Selangor's reputation (correct me if I"m wrong).

Batter-fried Squids (RM12)

It was way past lunch hour, with the row of shops looking deserted, and cleaners already in full motion. Fortunately, Chai Lee Restaurant was still in operation at that hour, and being listed in a reliable food guide somehow lessen our worries of either being served inedible grubs, OR being "laid on a butcher's chopping board" (a proverb, go ask your Chinese friend for translation, hehe ...)

Butter Milky Mantis Prawns (RM9)

There were only 2 of us. A wise choice would be to order individual meals. But coming so far off from my hibernating land of Ipoh, I wouldn't risk indulging in a meagre plate of fried rice or wat tan hor. No, sirree .... I needed a complete meal, couldn't care less about the portion, calories, nor cholesterol-laden seafood. Yum-yum!

Claypot Fish Maw with Vegetables (RM17)

I reminded the lady taking our orders to minimize the portion, but seemed my "pleas" fell on deaf ears. Serving's generous, enough to feed 3-4. The squids were very fresh, springy texture, and devoid of fishy smell. The batter could've been crispier though.

The mantis prawns are not your run-of-the-mill mediocre "He Ko", but instead came in full form, all 6 inches of it, deep-fried and served in butter milk (Nai Yao) style. However, we were puzzled as to how should they be eaten. Pop everything (crispy shells and all) into our mouths? Or peel them off one by one (which might take forever, given the tough task of dissecting a mantis prawn)?

Hmmm.... ended up I peeled the harder, back shells of the crustacean, while digesting everything else, legs and all. Delicious. The gravy (a bit dry, typical butter milky style of cooking) was extremely aromatic, and the saltiness balanced well with the sweetness of the flesh.

Fish maws (click HERE for explanation) are essentially dried stomach lining of fish. And at Chai Lee, these are one of their better creations. Claypot Fish Maws with Vegetables. Delightful, as the thick gravy complemented our rice well (Sekinchan being a rice producing town, after all!), very sweet from the seafood-infused broth, and the fish maws were fresh, and completely lacking of overnight re-fried oil taste. A must-try if you happen to drop by this shop.


After that satisfying meal (RM40 for 2, including rice and drinks), we continued our journey down south, signifying the beginning of my food crawl ....
Location : Restoran Chai Lee @ No 135, Jalan Teochew, 45400 Bagan Sekinchan, Selangor. Tel : 03-32410908, 32412105.

6 comments:

JENCOOKS said...

Gosh, happy wanderer and crawler, you actually just got home and start wandering again. Yep, the place is so picturesque. Did u not miss a sotong from the pic....it was yummy. The fish maw is really cheap and the texture looks just right...OMy...

Criz Lai said...

One look at the paddy field and I felt like taking my fishing gear to get some snakeheads @ ikan haruan back for dinner.. haha.

The array of food you ordered are really cheap. I do not think I can get that pricing in Penang. The only thing I hate is to peel a mantis prawn. Can't they just get it shellless? Haha.. Maybe I'm a lazy eater :P

http://crizfood.blogspot.com/

~Christine~Leng said...

have not set my foot on sekinchan since... form 4 ;P
I miss this place. the seafood here are cheap :)

J2Kfm said...

jencooks : hi!!! yeah, the fish maws were REALLY good, fresh, springy, and soaked up the sweet gravy really well. I myself can finish a whole claypot!!!

criz lai : hey, me too! hate when they serve prawns in shells during wedding dinners, when you're supposed to mind your manners, and avoid peeling them with bare hands. sigh ...

christine : you're from this area, I assume?

Anonymous said...

hey...accidentally saw ur blog...
just gv u an advice la..

1) go internet search for Sekinchan more beautiful photos of paddy field...it is not only what as shown from urs... http://www.flickr.com/photos/jazrulfuad/3043056031/

2) sekinchan food is variety n delicious...put some more others..like claypot fish head, crab, udang kertak (heh ko bak) and many types seafood...

3) i guess u r not from this area, right?

just suggestion..dun get mad ah...

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